Empowering Women-Owned Enterprises To Solve Local Energy Challenges
Organisations like the United States Development Foundation (USADF), in partnership with Power Africa and GE Africa are doing their bit to help bring electricity to the people of Uganda. One way is through the Women in Energy Challenge that invests in organisations either led by women or benefitting women. It also supports technologies advanced by African women innovators and leaders who generally have lower access to finance than their male counterparts.
This years’ winners – Joint Energy and Environments Projects (JEEP) and Conservation and Development Uganda Limited (CODE) – each received US $100,000 to expand their renewable energy enterprises to reach women beneficiaries.
According to USADF, less than 25% of the global renewable energy workforce is made up of women, a rate which is even lower in Africa.
Photo courtesy of Lumos Global.